Snickerdoodles are delicious sugar-like cookies rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They usually have a little bit of cream of tartar in them which balances nicely with the cinnamon. I use baking powder and therefore did not use cream of tarter because it is usually added to react with baking soda. Using baking powder is like baking soda and cream of tartar in one! However, for a true Snickerdoodle, you should add a tsp of cream of tartar 🙂 I also like soft chewy cookies, but Snickerdoodles can be crisp too.
So Snickerdoodles you say? What kind of a name is that? I did some snooping around and thanks to Wikipedia, I have a possible answer! Snickerdoodles are most likely German and the name perhaps comes from a mispronunciation of Schneckennudeln, or cinnamon-dusted sweet rolls called “snail dumplings.” The German word Schnecke means a snail-like shape. Well there’s some fun trivia…but on to the recipe!
I really got into baking in college- go figure. I think maybe it was a combination of a need for comfort food and also because I loved sharing with people. It’s a great feeling to see the look on a roommate’s face when they’re frustrated from studying for a test, and you bring up a plate of warm cookies. I originally made this recipe without the oatmeal- for that recipe you’ll see the second set of ingredients. The process is exactly the same except with slightly different amounts of ingredients, and of course, the original doesn’t use oatmeal.
Today is, besides Veteran’s Day, my father’s birthday. Of course I had to make him a birthday cake, and I chose a family favorite: Jack and Jill cake. To be honest, I don’t think anyone knows where the name came from, but it is a delightful variation of a yellow pound cake. Topped with light icing and some powdered sugar, this cake is AWESOME with ice cream, fruit or whipped cream. I used a single recipe in a 9″ round cake pan. This cake is also great as a bundt cake, but use a double recipe. I’ve also made mini bundt cakes with this recipe.
So today my boyfriend and I shared our 1 year anniversary-I know, I know, I’ll keep the sap to a minimum. Anyway, I brought ingredients to make an apple pie with me when I drove up to visit him (He’s still in college, my youngling little boyfriend).
We chose to make the pie at one of his fraternity houses, affectionately named “Maple Light” because it is a smaller, albeit cleaner version of it’s neighbor, “Maple.” Well, cooking there was an experience- amidst hungover frat boys who were pleasantly surprised to find the aroma of apple pie wafting through the house.